Family Guys: Black Leaders on the Greatest Job on Earth
Rep. Elijah Cummings
"Of all the roles I play, being a father is the most important. I see my children as a gift from God," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, pictured with his two daughters. "My father was a very, very special man. He had seven children and a limited education, but he gave me two great gifts. One, he and my mother made sure that we were connected with God. Two, he made sure we got a good education. Every time I walk into the House chamber I think of him. When I was sworn in by Newt Gingrich, he was up in the balcony and started crying. When I asked him why, he said, 'Now I see what I could have been.'"